Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The brilliance of John Green

Go. Buy a copy of this book.  NOW!

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (Dutton, 9780525478812, $17.99, for ages 14 and up)

From the publisher: Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

One of the perks of being a bookseller is often you get to read a book before the general public.  This is one of those times I was truly honored (I have a bound manuscript). You will laugh and cry and ache for the characters in this book.  John Green is a genius.  Who else can have a teen character spout the phrase "metaphorical resonance" and make it believable -- and sexy?  Who else can make you think while making you laugh?  Or sprinkle obscure facts about the Netherlands and quotes from Shakespeare and T.S. Eliot throughout a contemporary teen novel?

Be forewarned: you will never again hear Yoda's famous quote ("There is no try.  Only do.") without it ripping your heart out.

Just so you know.  Okay?  Okay.

Now go.  Read.  And come back and tell me what you thought!


  1. CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS BOOK!!! I have pre-ordered it and now I am just waiting, waiting, waiting.

  2. Hope it arrives soon, Jade! And clear some time on your roster, because you won't be able to do anything else until you've read it.

  3. Um, I may have to go electronic with this one, just to get it soon... Or I may suggest it to my book club and wait for a few months until we can fit it on the roster. So hard to decide!

  4. Hi Kat! I don't care how or when you read it. Just read it.

  5. Alright, I will buy this book!

  6. Oooooh this sounds really good. I can't wait to read it.

  7. Now you've got me all exited :) ... and then I have to wait till the book is released to the public. *sigh*

  8. Hi Pam! It's impressive. He's such an intelligent writer.

    Akoss, the official release date was yesterday, January 10th! So you should be able to buy it if the bookstore near you isn't sold out. If you have a bookstore near you...

  9. can i borrow yours? there's at least 10 holds on it at the library...


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